The chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Monday ripped conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat for a piece that argued Hispanics were flocking to the Democratic Party because they were not “assimilating successfully.” Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) called Douthat’s column “a rambling piece which reflects his lack of understanding of the diverse Latino community and reaffirms the obvious reasons that Republicans lost Latino support,” in a statement. President Obama took 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, surpassing his 2008 margin
Comments: In the year 2012 there should not be a Congressional Black Caucus or a Hispanic caucus. It´s outrageous and pathetic. If we had a "white" caucus the Democrats would go insane. Democrats just want to divide us into segments and destroy us.
Mr. Gonzales, you are truly a race-baiting jackass. I assimilated in American society, served in the military and used the electronics education [46+ weeks] they gave me to have a great career with many major corporations. My natural abilities were sought after and I was schooled beyond my wildest expectations for free by them.
Oh, I am aware that my Hispanic last name was a selling point [wink-wink], but I had passion for the then fledgling hi-tech electronics industry and could easily install, repair and maintain what others found difficult.
The problem with you and your ilk is that you want Hispanics [minorities] to believe it is through your ´´legislation´´ that they will succeed, rather than their God-given talents. You help foster the idea in many that we are lazy and only take. Well, the only thing I ever took was the ´´free education´´ offered in return for my creativity.
What the heck is a "Hispanic"? It isn´t a race. It isn´t a national origin. It isn´t an ethnically homogenous group. It isn´t a disability. Is it merely some tie to the speaking of the Spanish language?
The mere fact that they have a HISPANIC caucus is evidence that they do not assimilate well. Univision, Spanish language radio and newspapers. Lack of english proficiancy and demanding ESOL in the public schools. For those who are unaware, ESOL provides all instruction in the the foreign language and is not intended to teach English. These are all evidence that there is very little assimilation going on.
Let us consider only native-born Hispanics, U.S. citizens. According to Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which analyzed Census Bureau statistics from 2012: – More than one in five Hispanic citizens lives in poverty. – One in four Hispanic-American men 25 to 55 is out of work. – More than half of all Hispanic women 25-55 are unmarried. – Half of all Hispanic households with children are headed by an unmarried woman, and 55 percent depend on welfare programs.
These numbers do not improve with time, as they did with the Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish and German immigrants who poured into the United States between 1890 and 1920. Third-generation Hispanics do worse than second-generation Hispanics in all the above categories.
Didn´t think I´d ever go on record as agreeing with anything that was written in the NYT ( beyond Will Shorts , anyway). I must remind Mr Gonzales that a lot of us are pretty sick of seeing everything printed in English as well as Spanish. If he could ´splain that, I´ll learn to say "sorry, I was wrong about your assimilation claim " in Spanish.
Will everyone (including the furshlugginer Hispanic Caucus) stop pretending that "Hispanics" are a single homogeneous group! No, Number 5, Hispanics are not all Indians who learned Spanish. That would be some of the Mexicans and Central Americans, but most of them are Mestizo and some are Caucasian. Cubans are mostly Caucasian, African Negro, or mixed-blood. Ditto for Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Some "Hispanics" come from families that immigrated from Spain (as mine did). Some ignorant people refer to Basques as "Hispanic," which tends to tick them off. (Next time you meet someone with a name like Ochoa, Ibarra, Ascuaga, Laxalt, or Ormachea, I suggest not using the "H" word.) It´s so easy and so wrong to put people into one facile classification!
Flip through the local channels in the Phoenix metro area. There are more Spanish-speaking channels than English-speaking ones.
Go to certain areas in central and south Phoenix and you will find all of the signs and billboards in Spanish. All of the people speak Spanish. They are all poor, and you would not want to get out of your car in those areas.
They do not assimilate. There was a case of a woman who´d lived here for many years, who criticized the police department for not having a Spanish-speaking operator on duty. If you´ve lived in the U.S. for years and still can´t say, "My child is choking," then you must blame the immigrant, not the system.
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